The TVWEEK: Sunday 6th – Friday 11th May 2012

Sunday
7.50pm Planet Earth Live BBC1 – Richard Hammond and Julia Bradbury are the hosts of this live global wildlife event. For three weeks they will follow the real life and death struggles of baby animals from around the world. It is a critical moment in these young animals’ lives as they try to survive the most challenging month of the year. From Kenya, Richard reports on dramatic stories of lions and elephants. From North America, Julia reports on bears, whales and otters. There will also be reports from around the world, as they follow intimate, real-time stories of meerkats, monkeys and other animals.
Monday
7.30pm Britain’s Got Talent ITV – First of the semi final live shows. With results show at 9.30pm. The series will run all week.
9.00pm Small Teen Turns Eighteen BBC3 – In the previous series Small Teen, Bigger World, Jazz was coping with the devastating news that her father Paul had slipped back into taking heroin. With her typical decisive courage, she decided to cut him out of her life until he was totally clean of drugs. Here, Jazz goes to America to stay with her Aunty Shelly while Paul starts a methadone detox program. With his last chance of family life on the line, he hopes to find the strength of mind he needs to get clean. The film also follows Jazz planning a big 18th birthday party.
10.15pm Britain Beware ITV – Adrian Edmondson delves into the archives of the Central Office of Information, the government department responsible for making public information films. To mark the closure of the COI, Ade takes viewers on a journey through the mini-movies and TV ads that for nearly 70 years warned the public about everything from road safety to nuclear fallout. The films include hidden treasures and nostalgic gems such as Jimmy Savile’s Clunk Click Every Trip campaign, Tufty the Squirrel and Charley Says.
Tuesday
8.00pm The Town Taking on China BBC2 – Documentary following a cushion manufacturer’s attempts to shift jobs from his Chinese factory back to Merseyside. With costs and wages rising in China, Tony Caldeira is interested in shifting manufacturing jobs back to Britain, beginning with his current factory in Kirkby, an area ranked as the fifth most deprived borough in the country. Tony’s first challenge is to find new staff who are willing to work in the physically demanding world of manufacturing. Meanwhile his Chinese operation faces fresh demands from its workers.

9.00pm Britain’s Biggest Hoarders BBC1 – Documentary meeting compulsive hoarders and looking at the strain the condition can put on their families. TV presenter Jasmine Harman’s mum Vasoulla is a compulsive hoarder. This secretive and often shameful psychological condition is putting a big strain on the entire family, and they are not alone. Up to three million British families are affected, but little is known about this disorder, and support is practically non-existent. In 2011, Jasmine tried to help her mum tackle the extreme clutter, which had taken over the entire family home and compelled her 13 year-old brother to move out. Despite a huge family effort, only a few rooms were tidied. Jasmine searched everywhere for solutions; none seemed forthcoming. But now Jasmine thinks there might be hope. In this programme, Jasmine calls on expert assistance to help her mum and other chronic hoarders combat the condition that is ruining their lives and those of their families. 

9.00pm Great Ormond Street BBC2 – A look at Great Ormond Street Hospital’s oncology department, following doctors as they face challenging ethical decisions about treating children with some of the rarest and most complex cancers in the country. Doctors must decide how to act in the best interest of their patients whilst handling relationships with the children’s families
10.00pm More Sex Please, We’re British Channel 4 – Documentary that goes  behind the scenes of one of the UK’s most successful online sex toy businesses – Lovehoney, a thriving operation that brings sexual pleasure to the women and men of Britain through the click of a button. Founded in 2002 by Neal Slateford and Richard Longhurst, Lovehoney has seen its sales increase each year to £16millon. Lovehoney reckon that nearly half of the nation owns a sex toy. This programme meets the people working at the company’s HQ in Bath – a 70 strong crack-team of ‘sexperts’ who pick, pack and post more than 11,000 parcels a week – from adult toys and sexy lingerie, to erotic literature and games.
Wednesday
7.30pm Planet Earth Live BBC1
8.00pm Traffic Cops BBC1
9.00pm Edward VIII: The Plot to Topple the King Channel 4 –  A revelatory film about the extraordinary archbishop, Cosmo Gordon Lang, who was at the centre of a group of establishment big-wigs and grandees who came together in 1936 to oust King Edward VIII. The archbishop believed that Edward’s love for Wallis Simpson, the twice-divorced American, made a mockery of all that he stood for and threatened not just the Crown but the Church of England. Based on a large archive of unpublished diaries, personal notes and Lang’s own secret account of the abdication, the film reveals for the first time the machinations that went on behind the scenes to remove the King.
Thursday
8.00pm Phil Spencer: Secret Agent Channel 4 – In this five-part peak-time series, Phil travels across the country – from Bromley to Birmingham, and Shropshire to South Manchester – trying to get offers on houses that haven’t been selling. Phil tackles two hard-to-sell homes in each episode. He goes undercover, secretly investigating properties, as well as researching the local area and housing market, before helping buyers to face some hard-hitting home truths on what he thinks they need to do in order to sell their home. Phil then seeks out potential buyers, confident that he can shift even the hardest-to-sell houses.
Friday
9.00pm Maestro at the Opera BBC2 – Series in which four well-known personalities compete to take on the prestigious task of conducting a full act of a legendary opera at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In episode two, the three remaining students are introduced to the enormous challenge of conducting fully staged opera. After a period of rehearsal, each must conduct a famous scene with the Jette Parker Young Artists and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. In a climactic performance at the Linbury Theatre, Covent Garden, it is the members of the orchestra themselves who will ultimately decide which conductor must leave the competition.

10.00pm Episodes BBC2 – Second series of the comedy starring Matt Le Blanc playing a fictional version of himself in the US remake of a British sitcom.
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